Results from the USD 447 Board of Education are now final. The top six vote recipients in the primary election will advance to the April 2 general election. Those top vote recipients were Robert John, Gina Booe, Roy Griffin, John Potthast, Mark Torkelson and Michael Griffin.
Tuesday’s primary elections did lead to the defeat of one incumbent member of the Independence City Commission.
Commissioner Tim White was given the boot after failing to earn enough votes to be among the top four vote recipients to advance to the April 2 general election.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has announced that county clerk’s offices in 24 Kansas counties — including Montgomery County — will remain open until 7 p.m., tonight (Monday) to assure voters in Tuesday’s election a chance to vote by early ballot. Kobach made the decision to extend advanced balloting because of the approaching winter storm that is expected on Monday evening and Tuesday.
Ballots may be cast at the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office in Independence. Call (620) 330-1200 for more details.
Voters in the cities of Caney and Independence as well as USD 447-Cherryvale-Thayer will have a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 26. See the Feb. 21 edition of the Montgomery County Chronicle for a rundown of candidates in the election.
COFFEYVILLE — Å Coffeyville woman was arrested late Sunday evening on a charge of attempted murder following a drive-by shooting earlier in the evening.
Anthony Celeste, Coffeyville police chief, said Rachel Mcbeath, age 20, was arrested at 504 E. Sixth for attempted murder. The investigation is ongoing, Celeste said.
Celeste said a drive-by shooting occurred at 202 N. Grant earlier in the evening. At least one shot was fired at several people, and one person received minor injuries from broken glass.
Celeste said the police department was requesting that anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Chad Newby at 620-252-6145 or Detective Lucas Vargas at 620-252-6010. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.
All three USD 436 principals were granted an additional year to their existing contracts based upon a unanimous vote of the USD 436 Board of Education on Monday.
The board members voted to give an additional one-year contract to Bill Ellis, high school principal, Ron Oyler, junior high principal and Caney Valley Charter School principal, and Tony Blackwell, elementary principal. Their current contracts, which were set to expire on June 30, 2014, will now expire on June 30, 2015. Board members casting support for the contract extensions were Mark Artherton, Jason Crowe, David Deal, John Harmon, Colby Matthews and Darlene Sanders.
Information contained in a story on page A1 of this week’s Montgomery County Chronicle regarding the contract extension for USD 436 principals needs clarification.
The story reported that the vote to extend the contracts for USD 436 principals was denied by a 2-3 vote. That is an error. The vote was 3-2 to accept the contract extensions.
COFFEYVILLE — Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing has agreed to pay a $556,244 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its facility in Coffeyville, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday.
In addition to paying the penalty, CRRM will pay $1,746,256 for reimbursement of federal response costs associated with the cleanup of the Verdigris River following a 2007 flood and oil spill.
TOPEKA, KAN. – It’s a big jackpot and the husband and wife from Montgomery County who won it have big plans for their newfound wealth!
The winners, who asked the Lottery not to disclose their identities, won $1,065,106 by capturing last night’s Super Kansas Cash jackpot.
INDEPENDENCE — A rural Liberty man died in a single-vehicle roller accident southeast of Independence on Sunday morning.
Sheriff Robert Dierks said Jonathan Couch of rural Liberty was killed when his 2002 Chevrolet crossed the center of county road 4576 and 4000, slid sideways into a ditch, rolled several times and caught fire. Couch was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.
Couch was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
The wreckage was discovered by another motorist at about 8:30 a.m., Sunday.
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